Judge L. Clifford Davis, 1994
Judge L. Clifford Davis (1924 - ) was born and raised in Arkansas. After earning his undergraduate degree, Davis earned his Law degree from Howard University. He was the first Black student accepted to University of Arkansas’ Law School, but declined the offer because of the segregation he would face in the program. Davis moved to Fort Worth in 1953 and opened the first Black-run law offices in the state, and organized the Fort Worth Black Bar Association. Davis worked with Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP in the Brown v. Board of Education case, and then proceeded to argue Civil Rights cases in Texas. Major cases he fought include the desegregation of Mansfield schools, a race discrimination class-action suit against General Dynamics, and employment and local segregation and discrimination cases. Davis was appointed to the Criminal District Court Judge position in 1983, where he worked until 1988. He then went on to work as a Senior District Judge until 2004. Since then, he has focused on providing pro bono legal services. Davis has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work including an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from University of Arkansas, the NAACP’s William Robert Ming Award, and has been inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, to name a few.
An oral history interview with L. Clifford Davis can be found on the UNT Digital Library website.